Paradise High School prom happens with help from Estee Lauder and Keller Williams

Credit: Paradise High School

Hundreds of students from Paradise High School celebrated prom at the Chico Elks Lodge on Saturday night, just six months after the Camp Fire destroyed their town.

The students may have lost their homes, but that did not stop the school from putting on a prom that the students would remember.

Big name companies like Estee Lauder pitched in to help.

They sent 19 makeup artists from New York City to do the girls' makeup before the dance.

Paradise High School Activities Director Stacie Martin was shocked at how much help poured in from all over the United States.

"We never expected anything like this. This is so beyond our wildest dreams that they would come and do this for us. We expected, you know, a couple samples," Martin said.

But it did not stop there.

In addition, 30 celebrities from around the world signed on to make a surprise video for the students, wishing them a happy prom and the best of luck.

Some of the big names included Steve Carell, Aaron Rodgers and Jude Law.

The video was unveiled to the students via a projector while they were on the dance floor.

Keller Williams Realty in Fresno worked on fundraisers to lower the price of prom tickets to just $5 dollars a piece - a huge help for students who lost everything in the fire.

Keller Williams also raised enough money to make sure the boy's tuxedo rentals were free.

One Paradise High student, Anthony Hearn, was touched by the generosity of those involved.

"It's awesome, really. That's really cool, I think. I didn't know this was gonna happen at all. I thought it was just gonna be a nice party, but, they did a lot more than I thought they would," Hearn said.

Last but not least, a local contractor created a replica of the Honey Run Bridge for students to walk across on their way into prom.

For many, it was a night that they will never forget.

Martin says the replica bridge will likely stay in Paradise, possibly at the Gold Nugget Museum.


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